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ERIC Number: EJ1031515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-1214
Missed, Misused, or Mismanaged: Improving Early Detection Systems to Optimize Child Outcomes
Macy, Marisa; Marks, Kevin; Towle, Alexander
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v34 n2 p94-105 Aug 2014
Early detection efforts have been shown to vary greatly in practice, and there is a general lack of systematic accountability built into monitoring early detection effort impact. This article reviews current early detection practices and the drawbacks of these practices, with particular attention given to prevalent issues of mismeasurement, misuse, and mismanagement across the Child Find system under Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The benefits of a nationally recognized research and/or consensus-driven "baseline definition" for which children should be deemed Early Intervention (EI) or Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) eligible are discussed. Recommendations are provided to better identify and serve young children with developmental-behavioral problems (as well as their families), and to cultivate more cohesive standards for professional practice in referring children for appropriate medical, social, and educational services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act